Internet of Things & Communication

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The Internet of Things was a completly new notion of thinking for me, and something I was really unfamiliar with, however upon researching and watching various videos about its utility, its got me curious and hooked. A term coined in 2008 by MIT Media Lab it looks at conceptualising the next stage in communication networks and developing information flows. It is revolutionary in terms of communication and explores how physical objects can connect to the internet.

Once these objects are unified to a previously humanised internet, they gain a network address specific and unique to them, like the codes on the bottom of most laptops for example. These objects then obtain a sensory capacity whereby they can register changes to their environment. Something like detection of weather patterns or time (alarms etc.) is then stored and processed as information data on the device or in a storage database. The future is to independently initiate themselves based on the aggregate of content. The materiality doesn’t become the priority – it is the mass content aggregation.

Something I’d love to see done in the future is Drones, robots and T-Shirts connecting to the Internet of Things. Drones are closest in terms of utility with their link with GPS and wifi to smartphones and tablets. I think a live stream of a twitter feed or hashtag would make an interesting aesthetic, something CuteCircuit  could pioneer.


3 thoughts on “Internet of Things & Communication

    natashamcgarrell said:
    October 23, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I find the idea of the Internet of Things so exciting! It opens up a whole range of possibilities. However I think it’s important to think about the data that is being collected and transferred. Maybe something that records the temperature outside may not be a huge issue but what about devices that automatically record your location, movements,etc? Who would be able to access this information and how would they use it? This is an interesting article on data collection from Fitbits that you might enjoy!

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    mathiesonc said:
    October 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    It scary to think of how these devices are going to change our lives. However what is more scary is that these devices are going to be able to know more about our lives than our family and friend may now. They can track our movements and behavioural patterns. Would be interesting to see if this type of data collection would be stored in the same way our meda data is now going to be?

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    Alan Ch said:
    October 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Nice meme! It’s interesting how those devices can independently initiate themselves based on aggregation of content, and this definitely raises questions regarding what would happen with newer and newer devices and their utility in the future. Like another commenter said, would it be possible for these devices to track our movements and behavior? This data collection could eventually progress into something more intrusive than data retention laws right now which is a scary thought.

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